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Heat and Dust
1975 Booker

An excellent, quick read that jumps back and forth in time between 1923 and 1970s India, concentrating on the lives of the wife of a Britis
Jun 23, 2008
Feb 29, 2008
The Lacuna
2010 Orange Prize for Fiction

This was my first use of the eBook service offered by my local library. I read this book on my computer, and the only com
Sep 20, 2010
Jun 30, 2010
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Thanks to GC for loaning us this book, and to my mom for recommending it. I don't always have the same taste as my mom, but on this one, we were dead ...more
Sep 10, 2009
Sep 09, 2009
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1)
The first book in the Maisie Dobbs series, of which I've previously read the second, Birds of a Feather, and quite enjoyed. This one was equally as go ...more
Feb 08, 2009
Feb 02, 2009
Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution
I'd love to give this heartfelt and meticulously researched labor of love 5 stars, but I found a description I know to be contradictory to the person ...more
Nov 12, 2013
Oct 25, 2013
Sharp Teeth
Ahhoooooo! Werewolves of LA. In free verse. I was wary of the verse construct of this novel, but it was not at all intrusive, and the story moves alon ...more
Dec 10, 2008
Dec 08, 2008
When Will There Be Good News? (Jackson Brodie, #3)
Another fabulous Atkinson book about PI Jackson Brodie, but only as one thread in the story of several interconnected lives. A good set of mysteries s ...more
Mar 05, 2009
Mar 02, 2009
This book. I put it off for so long because I knew I just wouldn't be able to take it. It is devastating, yet uplifting at the same time.

The worst in
Aug 16, 2011
Sep 03, 2009
Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain
It's ironic that most of the time, I was reading this while eating. Then again, it's not surprising at all; I have, at best, a contentious relationshi ...more
Jan 06, 2011
Oct 25, 2010
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency  (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #1)
Got totally sucked into this franchise by watching the wonderful series on HBO. I meant for years to check it out, and now I want to suck all 9 other ...more
May 20, 2009
Apr 29, 2009
The Help
I was wary but very interested in reading this book about the relationship between African-American domestics and Junior League women for whom they wo ...more
Nov 24, 2009
Apr 13, 2009
A Thousand Splendid Suns
The author of The Kite Runner comes back with a novel about the women of Afghanistan, with sometimes devastating results. The quality of the writing i ...more
Jan 12, 2009
Dec 29, 2008
Blasphemy (Wyman Ford #2)
This one grows and grows on you. Imagine if one of the particle accelerators ripped a hole in space/time and God spoke through it. What would s/he say ...more
Nov 26, 2012
Nov 20, 2012
Slip of the Knife (Paddy Meehan, #3)
The follow-up to Field of Blood, Mina's book follows journalist Paddy Meehan as she investigates the murder of a friend and fellow journalist, and exa ...more
Sep 29, 2009
Sep 25, 2009
The Book Thief
An interesting premise, and ultimately touching, but a bit on the treacly side. Liesel is a compelling character, however, and you also come to care f ...more
Oct 23, 2012
Oct 16, 2012
I Still Dream About You
Seemed dashed off, but was interesting in the fact that it's about Birmingham and set in Birmingham, so the locations felt lived-in and comfortable.
Mar 25, 2011
Mar 22, 2011
Special Assignments (Erast Fandorin Mysteries, #5)
The best of the Akunin books I've read so far. Two separate Fandorin mysteries: one trying to find a sophiticated con man, the other trying to catch J ...more
Feb 28, 2009
Feb 25, 2009
The Shock of the Fall
*at the library as Where the Moon Isn't
2013 Costa First Novel
not set
Jan 24, 2014
The Secret History
A tense why/how-dunit and perfect insight into the insular nature of small colleges, especially liberal arts ones, in my opinion (as an alum of a smal ...more
Jan 04, 2009
Dec 23, 2008
The Futurist
Dystopian novel of the present, about the future and the "coiner of the phrase," which we never learn. Pretty engaging but not great.
Aug 24, 2011
Aug 18, 2011
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Jeanette Winterson had a craptastic childhood, from being given up for adoption as an infant to an insane fundamentalist household as a child to leavi ...more
Oct 02, 2012
Apr 23, 2012
A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers
A Chinese woman goes to England to study English and falls in love, with mixed results.
Dec 12, 2008
Dec 10, 2008
This was a better experience than other graphic novels I have read, primarily, I believe, because of the plot. There was a lot going on, both visually ...more
Feb 15, 2009
Feb 02, 2009
Home to Holly Springs (Father Tim, #1)
Got this one from my mom after I told her to read The Help. An engaging read about grace and family. Heavy on the protestant dogma.
Dec 15, 2009
Dec 08, 2009
The 39 Steps (Richard Hannay, #1)
A pretty gripping, though obviously dated, adventure/thriller. Found it for change at the used bookstore and thought it was worth a shot, since the mo ...more
Sep 18, 2009
Sep 08, 2009
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, #1)
Well, this is what you'd expect, I guess, if what you expect is Pride and Prejudice with zombies pretty seemlessly added to the story. It does get a b ...more
Apr 29, 2009
Apr 01, 2009
May We Be Forgiven
2013 Women's Fiction Prize (formerly Orange Prize)
not set
Jun 09, 2013
Old School
A nice snapshot of a boys' boarding school in 1960, especially the excitement and competition that surrounds its' program of visiting authors.
Sep 17, 2009
Sep 08, 2009
Ordinary Grace
Edgar Novel 2014
not set
Aug 20, 2014
The Land of Decoration
2013 Trask Award
not set
Jan 25, 2014
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